For some people who had beenÂ officially invited to Washington toÂ witness the inauguration of PresidentÂ Barack Obama, it became a day of bitterÂ disappointment.
When those who had tickets to theÂ purple section on the Capitol groundsÂ showed up at 6:00 a.m., they wereÂ directed into the Third Street Tunnel, butÂ something went wrong. They waited untilÂ 10:30 a.m., then walked out of the tunnelÂ and made their way back to the closedÂ gate where people were still yelling, â€œLetÂ us in!â€ News headlines started appearingÂ around the world: Purple Tunnel ofÂ Doom: Ticketed Inauguration AttendeesÂ Shut Out.
There is an event in the future far moreÂ significant than the inauguration of aÂ president, and there will be people thenÂ who will find themselves on the wrongÂ side of the gate. They too will cry, â€œLetÂ us in!â€ butÂ that gate will neverÂ reopen. The Lord Jesus warnedÂ that the gate to His eternal kingdomÂ would close some day. He said, â€œWhenÂ once the master of the house is risen up, andÂ hath shut to the door, and you begin to standÂ without, and to knock at the door, saying,Â â€˜Lord, Lord, open unto us,â€™ He shall answerÂ and say unto you, â€˜I know you not fromÂ whence you areâ€ (Luke 13:25).
The people outside will knock andÂ beg for entrance. They will claim specialÂ status based on their privileges in theÂ past and their familiarity with the LordÂ Jesus Christ, but He will tell themÂ He never knew them. Once that doorÂ shuts, it will be closed for eternity. TheÂ message to those on the wrong side ofÂ the gate will be clear: â€œDepart from Me.â€Â People on the inside will be enjoyingÂ Heaven, but those on the outside will beÂ left to their eternal doom.
Are you sure that you will be entitledÂ to get in? Some hold a ticket that saysÂ â€˜sincere and devoutâ€™. Others hold theirÂ â€˜faithâ€™ ticket. Some are holding a â€˜goodÂ worksâ€™ ticket. Some cling to a ticket thatÂ says â€˜chanceâ€™. None of those tickets willÂ give you admittance to Heaven. The LordÂ Jesus clearly said, â€œI am the door: by Me ifÂ any man enter in, he shall be savedâ€ (JohnÂ 10:9). To continue with the analogy, onlyÂ those who are holding the ticket marked:Â â€˜Christ is my Saviourâ€™ will be admitted.Â All others will be turned away.
Do you know the Lord Jesus ChristÂ personally as your Saviour, or are you stillÂ holding an invalid ticket?
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